Originally Posted by pixellany
The 2 common compression schemes are gzip (.gz) and bzip2 (.bz2). gzip is faster, and bzip2 gives more compression.
There's also rzip as well, recommended for larger type files and it actually gets better compression than bzip2, but to my knowledge it's slower than both bzip2 and gzip.
Fastest to Slowest in order on smaller filesystems:
Fastest to Slowest in order on larger filesystems:
Best Compression Rate for smaller files and filesystems, bunch of files:
Best Compression Rate for larger files and filesystems:
The standard that most use would probably be gzip. There's also just zip but that's for weenies..